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The PA Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum

The PA Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum Initiative

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) have undertaken a joint initiative to address the needs of people who have an intellectual disability as well as mental health challenges. People who have both of these challenges are commonly referred to as those who have dual diagnosis.

Curriculum for Direct Supporters

Included in the initiative is the development of a curriculum for Direct Supporters. The curriculum is designed for Direct Supporters who work in either the intellectual disability field or the mental health field.

Goal for Direct Supporters

The ultimate goal of this training curriculum is to provide information that can aid in the understanding of the struggles and the triumphs of those you support or will support. This curriculum was designed to demonstrate the complexity of dual diagnoses and the factors that need to be considered to best support those with whom you come into contact. The PA Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum was also designed to demonstrate that all people in this world, regardless of their challenges, are much more alike than they are different.

Disclaimer

This curriculum is not designed to replace physical or behavioral health advice. If you believe that you, or someone you support, have physical or behavioral health issues, please seek professional advice.

Behavioral Health Trainings
  • Aaron McHugh, MS,NCC,QIDP: Dual Diagnosis Specialist, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care
  • E-mail: amchugh@pmhcc.org

Medical Trainings
  • Linda Ulinski, RN,CDDN: Clinical Education Manager, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care
  • E-mail: lulinski@pmhcc.org

This training curriculum was developed for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Offices of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and Developmental Programs (ODP) by the PA Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum Committee.